Welcome to The 1868 R. H. Wood House
A true Registered Texas Historic Landmark...The R. H. Wood House, meticulously restored following nearly a 3 year renovation, introduces modern technology & luxury while preserving historical integrity! The son of one of Rockport's founders, Richard Henry Wood (1846-1923) built this home in 1868. It is one of the oldest and most historically important homes in Rockport. Located in Rockport's Heritage and Cultural Arts District overlooking the Rockport harbor, the property is within walking distance to the beach, restaurants/cafes, shopping, festival grounds, fishing, museums, art galleries and much, much, more!
The home's preservation work included a sensitive removal of non-historic additions, new foundation, insulation, electrical, HVAC, plumbing and state-of-the-art Smart Home technology. The two story, 3,700-square-foot home with it's gracious 10 foot ceilings sleeps 13 persons comfortably in 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths & 1 half-bath. Mature pecan trees shade the large fenced half-acre property and surrounds the new heated pool and spa that seats 10. The shallow lounging area is only 12 inches deep, suitable for children of all ages. The pool also employs a copper ionization system which allows the water to be chlorinated without added chemicals.
The outdoor kitchen with covered lounge area was built with reclaimed wood from an old barn in Iowa. It was designed to accommodate large gatherings around the pool, generous pool deck and yard. It is complemented by a wood-burning fireplace which features a Tuscan grill for cooking. This space would not be complete without a full restroom...shower, toilet, antique sink and custom urinal made out of a stainless steel beer keg!
The new adjacent covered parking area and driveway easily accommodates 4 cars and features one of the first electric car charging stations in Rockport. Bring your Tesla or other EV!
Morning coffee to afternoon tea or evening cocktails, the screened in porch is ideal for an insect and mosquito free zone while taking in the birding, wildlife, scenery or a good book. This wrap around porch has comfortable outdoor furnishings and dining area cooled by ceiling fans and retractable solar shades. The front porch is an excellent spot to watch Rockport's 4th of July and holiday fireworks or to simply watch the morning sun rise over the bay.
For your outdoor entertainment the home comes with a Sonos Sound system with wireless bluetooth speakers strategically placed around the pool, yard and inside the house. Yes, you can customize your experience with music inside and sports outside or vice versa. Instructions will be provided in home for your convenience.
Let's take a stroll inside, where the Owner's pride shines in every detail of this piece of history with your comfort in mind. To enhance your stay, the home features scentology with a choice of soaps, shampoos, and amenities by EO Products of Marin County, CA.--all sustainable organic products made from essential oils. All beds feature mattresses from Tuft & Needle using T&N's reactive foam technology for a very comfortable night's sleep. High thread count sheets and plush towels. Amenities have been carefully thought of in advance and provided for a first class experience.
The Owners employed many green, earth friendly methods in their work, and also salvaged and re-used as many of the original materials from the home as possible. The furnishings are an eclectic balance of both antiques and art collected by the Owner, with soft comfortable furnishings clad in removable washable slipcovers. Upon your visit here, there will be a detailed history with "before, during and after" photos of each room. The restoration is truly a labor of love.
The modern technologies include wireless internet, thermostatic controls, satellite TV and YES, the aforementioned electric car charging station. A specially designed high velocity system provides AC & Heat centrally throughout the home. There are 4 fireplaces downstairs that were carefully restored and made operable with reproduction cast iron gas burning coal inserts. All 4 oak fireplace mantels with mirrors are original to the house.
The Library with table and lounge furniture provides a quiet place to read, assemble puzzles, play cards, board games, work if you must, or simply enjoy the coastal views through the front bay windows. There is also a display case containing interesting artifacts discovered during restoration.
Adjacent to the Library is a bedroom that features an early 1850's rope Tester full-sized bed, fireplace and a closet converted to a half bath featuring an antique corner sink. This bedroom overlooks the pool and has a private door to the screened in porch.
The Master bedroom is home to a stunning antique 9' tall Victorian walnut queen sized bed that survived the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. AND...the master bath will be a pleasant retreat with its' open shower plan (handicap friendly) with a floor drain; Bath time! Time for a luxurious soak in the restored "cowboy" bathtub adjacent to the fireplace.
Continuing this stroll we enter the dining room which showcases the home's original beaded board walls where an antique dining table seats 8-10 comfortably. It is lit by a much talked about chandelier that is made out of old silver spoons.
In our family get-togethers, it never fails; the kitchen is the main gathering spot. Our kitchen comes with all new top of the line appliances: KitchenAid side-by-side refrigerator w/filtered water & icemaker, DW, a five-burner gas stove/oven/microwave combination. Fully stocked with spices, paper goods, coffee, cook wares, utensils and more for your cooking pleasure. With its' 5 foot long antique reproduction sink and wood countertops made from the house's old roof rafters the kitchen is the true heart of this home. The adjacent counter height seating and 'Lounge' area allows us to be part of the action without being in the kitchen. This area can easily accommodate many cooks for any large family meal or event.
Before we head upstairs, let's talk about the staircase. First of all this home was originally a 1 story with a generous unfinished attic space with no means to get up there. The c. 1880 staircase was sourced by the Owner from a house that was being torn down in Commerce, Tx. It was a rare find and once purchased it made the trip to Rockport in several long sections and parts all packed up into the Owner's pickup truck. viola!
The upstairs space with its exposed antique hand hewn beams is equally as inviting with 2 bedrooms, restroom, walk-in shower, laundry room and TV lounge. At the top of the stairs 2 sliding barn doors to the restroom and laundry room grace the hallway.
The TV lounge was the original attic space at 12' high ceilings with the proper furnishings and dormer window bed creates a quiet respite with a small window view south to the bay.
The North bedroom in the turreted attic space is a favorite of one of the Owner's business partners who are 5'5" tall. This cozy room with low pitched ceilings, queen bed and dormer bed is also a favorite with the kids.
The West bedroom, at the opposite end of hall was added over the kitchen. king bed and 3 cozy twin beds in the dormer windows with seating/reading area was designed with young families in mind.
This home is truly a must-see and must-experience. We are available for day or night events, weddings, conferences, retreats or simply a vacation - romantic rendezvous, family reunion or festival stay. The offerings are limitless. On that note, we are also offering concierge services from: airport pick-up, food, drink, private chef, massage, golf carts rentals, bicycles, kayaks, boats, guided fishing trips, to mention a few. We aim to make your experience as flawless and memorable as possible.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to the opportunity to earn your business and share our history with YOU!